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Hiking Guide to Easter Island by David Stanley
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Ask me which Pacific island
has the most to offer hikers and I'll probably answer Easter Island. Here
on an island 11 km wide and 23 km long you'll find nearly a thousand ancient
Polynesian statues strewn along a powerfully beautiful coastline or littering
the slopes of an extinct volcano.
|The legends of Easter Island
have been recounted many times. What's less known is that the island's
assorted wonders are easily accessible on foot from the comfort of the
only settlement, Hanga Roa. Before setting out see the sights, however,
visit the excellent archaeological museum next to Ahu Tahai on the north
side of town (the term "ahu" refers to an ancient stone platform). Aside
from the exhibits, the museum has maps which can help you plan your trip.
On online map is available at http://www.mapsouthpacific.com/easter_island/
The first morning after arrival,
I suggest you climb Easter Island's most spectacular volcano, Rano Kau,
where Orongo, a major archaeological site, sits on the crater's rim. But
rather than marching straight up the main road to the crater, look for
the unmarked shortcut trail off a driveway to the right just past the forestry
station south of town.
It takes under two hours
to cover the six km from Hanga Roa to Orongo, but bring along a picnic
lunch and make a day of it. (If climbing a 316-meter hill sounds daunting,
you can take a taxi to the summit for around US$6 and easily walk back
later in the day.)
|Once on top, you'll find
hiking down into the colourful crater presents no difficulty. It may also
look easy to go right around the crater rim, but only do so if you're a
very experienced hiker and have a companion along as sheer 250-meter cliffs
drop into the sea from the ridge.
Another day, rise early and
take a taxi to lovely Anakena Beach at the end of the paved road on the
north side of the island (you should pay under US$10 for the 20 km). A
few of the famous Easter Island statues have been restored at Anakena and
you could go for a swim, although the main reason you've come is the chance
to trek back to Hanga Roa around the road-free northwest corner of the
You'll pass numerous abandoned
statues lying facedown where they fell, and the only living creatures you're
unlikely to encounter are the small brown hawks which will watch you intently
from perches on nearby rocks. If you keep moving, you'll arrive back in
town in five or six hours (but take adequate food, water, and sunscreen).
This is probably the finest coastal walk in the South Pacific.
Almost as good is the hike
along the south coast, although you're bound to run into other tourists
here as a paved highway follows the shore. Begin early and catch a taxi
to Rano Raraku, the stone quarry where all of the island's statues were
born. This is easily the island's most spectacular sight with 397 statues
in various stages of completion lying scattered around the crater. And
each day large tour groups come to Rano Raraku to sightsee and have lunch.
However, if you arrive before 9 am, you'll have the site to yourself for
a few hours. When you see the first tour buses headed your way, hike down
to Ahu Tongariki on the coast, where 15 massive statues were reerected
in 1994. From here, just start walking back toward Hanga Roa (20 km) along
the south coast. You'll pass many fallen statues and enjoy some superb
scenery. Whenever you get tired, simply go up onto the highway and stick
out your thumb and you'll be back in town in a jiffy.
An outstanding 13-km walk
begins at the museum and follows the west coast five km north to Ahu Tepeu.
|As elsewhere, keep your
eyes pealed for banana trees growing out of the barren rocks as these often
indicate caves you can explore. Inland from Ahu Tepeu is one of the island's
most photographed sites, Ahu Akivi, with seven statues restored in 1960.
From here an interior farm road runs straight back to town (study the maps
at the museum carefully, as you'll go far out of your way if you choose
the wrong road here).
A shorter hike takes you
up Puna Pau, a smaller crater which provided stone for the red topknots
that originally crowned the island's statues. There's a great view of Hanga
Roa from the three crosses on an adjacent hill and you can easily do it
all in half a day. A different walk takes you right around the 3,353-meter
airport runway, which crosses the island just south of town.
Near the east end of the
runway is Ahu Vinapu with perfectly fitted monolithic stonework bearing
an uncanny resemblance to similar constructions in Peru.
Easter Island's moderate
climate and scant vegetation make for easy cross country hiking, and you
won't find yourself blocked by fences and private property signs very often.
You could also tour the island by mountain bike, available from several
locations at US$10 a day. If you surf or scuba dive, there are many opportunities
here. A minimum of five days are needed to see the main sights of Easter
Island, and two weeks would be far better. The variety of things to see
and do will surprise you, and you'll be blessed with some unforgettable
on Easter Island
|About the Author: David
Stanley is the author of Moon
Handbooks South Pacific which has a chapter on Easter Island. Stanley's
to Easter Island and Easter
Island travel photos may be perused online.
Mythology of Easter Island by Daniel Collins
on Easter Island
Mention Easter Island and
most people immediately think of the enigmatic giant stone faces placed
along the coastline that stare stoically, either out to sea or inland at
|Being part of the Polynesian
triangle in the Pacific there are many myths and legends attached to this
remote and mysterious island, with many of the 'facts' being barely indistinguishable
from fanciful conjecture.
However, what is indisputable
is that the island has witnessed trauma and tribulation in almost equal
measures over the last few centuries; including overcoming the threat of
human extinction more than once. The local population have survived epidemics,
famines, civil wars, slavery, hostile occupation and the near-collapse
of their ecosystem, but are now thriving by promoting their incredible
heritage and history to inquisitive visitors from all over the world.
In addition, the natural
beauty of the island also provides stunning white sand beaches suitable
for snorkelling and scuba diving, fishing and even surfing. An incredible
caves network near Ana Kakenga - that was naturally created through the
volcanic rock from which the island is derived - proves a big draw for
There are also opportunities
to partake in horseback riding or bicycling, and to visit plenty of local
crafts shops selling fantastic wood carvings.
Undeniably, the big attraction
for most visitors to Easter Island is the giant heads - the vast majority
of these remarkable monoliths are carved from compacted volcanic ash. Known
as moai, they are dotted all over Easter Island and are actually enlarged
heads attached to tiny torsos, with the latter regularly buried leaving
only the face visible. Almost all the 887 moai were toppled during tribal
wars in the 18th and 19th centuries and it wasn't until the 1950s that
a concerted effort to stand them upright began, following extensive excavations
by explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
|There is much to see relating
to the moai, starting with the quarry where they were all extracted and
carved at Rano Raraku. Here is clear evidence of the tools used to carve
the heads - simple stone chisels - and also a vast number of moai that
never left the quarry. In fact, only one quarter of those carved ever made
it to installation and it is estimated that it took six men a year to carve
Discovered and named on Easter
Sunday 1722 - by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen - Easter Island is a territory
of Chile, even though it is situated some 2,300 miles west of South America.
The most remote inhabited island in the world measuring a mere 15 by 10
miles, its nearest neighbour - a mere 1,260 miles away - is the even smaller
inhabited island of Pitcairn. And because it is so remote, there is no
other viable option but to take flights
to Easter Island if you wish to visit this remarkable island.
And, if you do wish to travel
to Easter Island then make sure that you allow enough time to see everything,
as despite its small size the island is literally stuffed with attractions.
on Easter Island
|About the Author: Daniel
Collins writes on a number of topics on behalf of a digital marketing agency
and a variety of clients. As such, this article is to be considered a professional
piece with business interests in mind.
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HOTELS, LODGES & CABIN RESORTS ON EASTER ISLAND, CHILE
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Rapa Nui Orito, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Island, called by its inhabitants Rapa Nui or Te Pito Te Henua, is the
most remote inhabited island in the world. Cabañas Rapa Nui Orito
is located in Hanga Roa, close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo
Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Nearby points of interest also include
Puna Pau and Ranu Kau. The property has a complimentary airport shuttle
(available on request). Cabañas Rapa Nui Orito features tour/ticket
assistance, laundry facilities, and self parking. The lodge serves a complimentary
Tautira, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
our cabins located one block from the main avenue of Hanga Roa, you can
go walking to lunch or dinner at various restaurants or pubs, or enjoy
some delicious icecream relaxed, next to the wonderful environment. In
the evening, a few steps, you can get closer to the beaches of the Caleta
de Pescadores and Pea, or at Ceremonial Center Ancestral Tahai to contemplate
the sunset with the Moais and the sea. At night, the pubs and restaurants
are a good place to eat and enjoy Polynesian music live, or attend some
artistic show, also very close to our cabins.
y Hotel Tea Nui, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
and Cabins Tea Nui takes care of all your requirements and needs while
showing you the charms of Easter Island, thus making of your trip a fascinating,
authentic and unforgettable memory. Fully-equipped cabins, comfortable
executive rooms, and a wide range of excursions and activities await you
in Rapa Nui. For guests looking for a full, executive service, we have
recently opened comfortable rooms: singles, doubles, and suites. We
also invite you to see our 100 m2, cozy rustic cabins, located in down
town Hanga Roa.
Rapa Nui Hotel Posada de Mike Rapu, Hanga Roa
lodge was the first in South America to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building
Council. Our lodge, which opened in December 2007, was built on 9.6 hectares
(23.7 acres) of land situated on a hill in the Te Miro Oone area, overlooking
the ocean. This is in south-eastern Rapa Nui, 8 kilometers (4.9 miles)
from Hanga Roa, the most populated part of the island. All of the 30 rooms,
which extend to the north and south from a central building, have excellent
ocean views. The lodge has welcoming indoor spaces which integrate aspects
of the local culture.